The founders of this country were people who gave their time, fortunes and lives (and were mostly propertied men) in service for the betterment of us all. What your editorials recommend will bankrupt cities and counties.
The vast majority of those running for public office, or already holding those jobs, are monied citizens, retired with pensions, property and covered by insurance policies.
The should donate their time for a token salary -- not a raise of 150 percent, going from $800 to $2,000 for Modesto council members, nor from $800 to $3,600
(a 350 percent increase!)
Gas is up 300 percent in the last few years and most of us "common" people are in financial trouble.